Boost your immune system through the rest of winter with these tips. That’s right, Groundhog Day has come and gone and according to Phil winter will be six weeks longer.
Regardless of whether you believe that, we’re still in the midst of cold and flu season. But here are nine ways you can prime your immune system to fight off those bugs:
Get some sleep!
Probably the most important thing you can do is ensure you get adequate rest. During sleep your body has the opportunity to recover from the day’s stress, repair damage, and replenish energy reserves. Prolonged periods of inadequate rest have been shown to lower immune function and increase stress hormones as your body devotes all available resources to stay awake and functioning.
Drink plenty of water.
Our bodies are giant walking and talking chemistry laboratories and all of that chemistry requires water. Dehydration from not drinking enough water or too much coffee (a diuretic) to stay awake because you aren’t getting enough sleep will impair your ability to fight infection.
Get some exercise.
Exercise not only reduces stress and lowers stress hormones in your body, it stimulates immune system function.
Take some Vitamin C.
Well this is more something to do after catching a cold, but nevertheless taking vitamin C can reduce the length of your cold 1 to 2 days.
A healthy intestinal flora (population and types of naturally occurring bacteria that live in our digestive system) are important for proper immune system. Studies have shown that taking probiotics including Lactobaccillus can reduce the risk of catching a cold by up to 42% over placebo.
Eat more Garlic.
Garlic contains allicin which has been shown to fight viruses. A British study has shown that individuals that took allicin caught 63% fewer colds over a twelve-week period.
Be liberal with your spices.
Specifically oregano, thyme, mustard, and turmeric. All of these spices have been shown to boost your immune system.
Astragalus is an earthy root vegetable that has been shown to activate the virus fighting T-cells in your body.
Try CBD and other cannabinoids.
Many of the cannabinoids have been shown to activate the immune system, reduce inflammation, and have anti-viral activities.
Use these tips to not only boost your immune system and keep you healthy through cold and flu season, but to support your physical wellness all year long – and naturally restore your basic nature!